My friend, Caroline, wanted — no, needed — to change all the locks in her house.
She and her husband were going through an ugly divorce and she didn’t want him coming into the house going through her papers. She contacted a locksmith to change the door locks, but forgot that the soon-to-be ex-husband could still come in through the garage. Instead of calling the locksmith back, she decided to change the code by reprogramming the remote herself. She was amazed to find out how easy it was!
You can reprogram your garage door, too. It doesn’t matter if the opener is a chain drive, a screw drive, or a belt drive, they all program the same way. All you will need are a step ladder, a helper, your remote, and a little self-confidence. Then follow these five simple steps.
1) You need to clear the existing codes. You, or your helper, must climb the ladder you have placed under the garage door so that you can reach the main motor console. Locate the “learn” button which holds the information from the remote control. Usually, this button is square (but could be round) and usually it is located on the rear of the console (but could be on the side). You will identify the “learn” button easily because that is where all the wires run into the motor.
2) Hold down the “learn” button for about ten seconds until the LED (light emitting diode) goes out. This will erase the old code from all existing remotes for the garage door.
3) Choose numbers for a new code. In Caroline’s circumstance, she was careful not to choose birthdays, anniversaries, or any other numbers her almost ex-husband might be able to decipher. If you want a code the whole family can easily remember, an important date may be ideal.
4) You, or your helper, must again press the “learn” button on the main motor console until you hear a click Anatomy Of A Garage Door and the light begins to flash. You now have just thirty seconds to key in the new numbers from your remote.
5) Repeat this procedure with every remote, and with the keyless entry pad. Local Garage Door Installers The opener can be used with five remotes or with four remotes and a keypad.
There you have it. You have just reprogrammed your garage door. But keep that remote control with you at all times. If you, or a member of your family loses a remote control, you will need to do the five steps again if you want to keep unwanted visitors out of your home.

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